INDO-CHINA: Seize & Hold

INDOCHINA

The great Communist offensive in Indo-China, which had been expected since the monsoons ended in October, has not materialized, probably because General Henri Navarre's aggressive spoiling operations have kept the Viet Minh off balance. Last week Navarre launched the biggest airborne attack since the Langson border raid in July, this time against the Communist base at Dienbienphu. Between the Black River and Laos. This time it was not a hit-and-run raid; the French meant to seize Dienbienphu and hold on.

The enemy in Dienbienphu had been threatening the isolated French base at...

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